Instead of another anti-bullying lecture from adults, a new non-profit organization will be led by an ambitious 16-year-old Abbotsford student and composed entirely of teenagers.
“It’s a big passion of mine. I actually got bullied really bad growing up,” said Yale Secondary’s Emmy Curtis. “If you can share your experiences and be vulnerable and have a youth-to-youth connection, I think that’s super important.”
Curtis was selected as the 2019 Youth Ambassador of Canada for B.C. One part of her duty as the provincial rep is to implement a local community service project in her hometown.
Her organization, Emma Domination Foundation, plans to organize talks and workshops at every middle school in Abbotsford with the hopes of expanding to other school districts in the Fraser Valley.
“We’re all youth, so it’s a better connection than an adult going up in front of your school and being like, ‘Hey, don’t bully.’”
Curtis will be meeting with Mayor Henry Braun and the members of the Abbotsford School District to find a way to give the organization staying power when Curtis attends university in a couple years.
“[An anti-bullying foundation] is something that we don’t have,” she said. “I saw it as kind of a gap that I think our community needs.”